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. hassan rouhani emerged as the surprise favorite in the presidential race after his campaign caught fire, especially among the young. he's a cleric who studied law in britain and has decades of diplomatic and political experience. in his inaugural speech, rouhani said his government would improve relations between iran, the region, and the world by building trust through transparency. to international diplomats listening, that was a welcome change of tone, signaling future cooperation. but to the many hard-line members of iran's regime, it sounded like a threat. political analyst professor saddiq zabakalam says he will have to fight them first. >> reporter: he does, however, have the backing of millions of voters who want them to fix than's economy-- battered and sinking under the pressure of international sanctions. to get those international sanctions lifted, president rouhani is going to have to come om with some kind of a deal in nuclear negotiations with the west due to resume this fall. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, tehran. >> dubois: 19 men died fighting a wildfire in arizona. now s
. clarissa ward, thank you very much tonight. t news conference today. hassan rouhani gave the strongest indication yet that iran wants to settle the dispute over its nuclear program. elizabeth palmer is among the correspondents who questioned rouhani in tehran. >> reporter: as he arrived to face a room full of journalists, president rouhani knew there'd be no ducking the sensitive issue of u.s.-iranian relations. >> madam elizabeth palmer, cbs news. >> reporter: do you see any prospect of direct talks with the american administration during your term in office? shrewd diplomat that he is, rouhani didn't say yes, but he didn't say no, either. "if it were in our national interest" he said "we'd have no problem talking to anyone of good will-- even the united states." iran's new president is under enormous pressure from voters to rescue their battered economy. to do that, he needs the u.s. to lift international sanctions which were imposed to force iran to prove it's not developing nuclear weapons. today rouhani signaled loud and clear that he does want a deal that would satisfy the u.s. a
believes hassan wants the death penalty. ha *s san is charged with 2 3-2 counts of attempted murder in the 2009 ford hood massacre. hasan admitted in opening statements he is the shooter. his advisor askedded the judge for permission to take over the case or minimize his real so hasan cannot ask for advice on a strategy the advisor opposes. in cleveland, the house where driel castro raped and tortured three women for a decade was demolished today in less than half an hour. the tear-down was part of the plea deal that spared castro a possible death sentence. instead, he is going to serve life in prison. among those watching was one of his victims, michelle knight, who released yellow balloons in memory of missing children. in egypt, a new showdown appears inevitable between the military and supporters of the the ousted president, mohamed morsi. egypt's interim leaders today rejected foreign efforts to find a peaceful solution, including a personal appeal by senators john mccain and lindsey graham. clarissa ward is in cairo, clarissa, where do we go from here? >> good evening, norah.
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